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Mar 22, 2011 12:06 PM

Variations on peanut butter sandwiches?

When defining American cuisine, I believe that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is more American than hamburgers ... or mom's apple pie.

Wiki writes on the standard variations

"Some variants add[1] honey, chocolate or maple syrup, normal chocolate, the hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella, marshmallows, raisins, bananas, butter, marshmallow fluff, potato chips (UK: crisps), cheese, other dried fruit, or another slice of bread. Other less common variations include slices of fresh fruit besides bananas such as apples or strawberries."

For the most part I prefer it classic ... good sliced white bread with crust, peanut butter and straberry jam. Sometimes I'll toast the bread, but not usually.

I tried it grilled once, like a grilled cheese sandwich, but didn't care for it. The peanut butter was too runny and the whole thing was a greasy mess.

When I was a little kid ... get ready for the eeewww factor ... I would butter the bread, add cream cheese on one slice, peanut butter on the other and then jelly before slapping this together.

My "gourmet" variation ... raisin bread with peanut butter and fig jam.

Funny, yet seriously obsessive link on how to make the perfect peanut butter sandwich

"Avoid using thick bread like Texas Toast. You want to be able to taste the peanut butter and jelly, not get a mouthful of bread everytime you take a bite. The reason you want to use white bread, and not Whole Wheat, Rye or Italian, for example, is that the taste of the bread will interfere with the two most vital ingredients."

"Even if you like crunchy peanut butter, refrain from using it. The best PB&J sandwiches don't make much of a noise when you're eating them; you should only hear the smacking of your lips."

The Food Timeline website talks about the history of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich as well as some peanut butter sandwiches variations

Peanut Butter and Apricot Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Cabbage Sandwich
Peanutpine Sandwich (peanut butter, honey, walnuts, lettuce, pineapple
)Peanut Butter and Prune Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Orange Sandwich (orange juice & peel)
Peanut Buter and Ham Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Tomato Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Ginger Sandwich
Egg and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Peanut Butter & Cherry Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Chili Sandwich (on wheat)
Peanut Butter and Olive Sandwich (with mayo on white or rye)
Peanutraise Sandwich (raisins, peanut butter, brown sugar, salt, lemon juice & orange juice)

How do you like your peanut butter sandwhich?

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  1. i will kindly disagree about not using crunchy peanut butter. i love the combination of crunchy nuts smoothy peanut butter. i make peanut butter and banana sandwiches all the time....sometimes i'll add a lil granola or honey even. when it comes to jelly, i only use grape.

    i like to warm my sandwiches slightly in the toaster, but not toast so they melt a lil without becoming crunchy. wrapping them in foil helps with this too & makes for easy cleanup if they happen to leak

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    1. re: Maggie Larkin

      Not only do I prefer - in fact, insist on - crunchy PB, I disagree about the bread as well. I was for a while taking PB&J sandwiches to work for lunch, and my ultimate combo was crunchy PB and strawberry preserves on honey-wheatberry. Got so much stuff caught in my teeth I had something to chew on all afternoon …

      When I was a kid I did NOT like peanut butter, hating the way it gummed up my mouth, but then I was introduced to PB and banana. Not only were the flavors wonderful together, but the banana lubricated the chewing mechanism very effectively.

      My current peanut-butter sandwich of choice, a taste I'm told I inherited from my father, is the grilled PB (crunchy!) and cheese, preferably sharp cheddar.

      1. You forgot to add the bacon! (or did I miss it) Chunky peanut butter, sour cherry jam, bacon for Chunky LA Buckeye Fan.

        1. Some variations that I like:

          PB + Chinese pork floss
          PB + Crushed Dortios
          PB + Guacamole
          Chilled PB + Jelly (with a cup of warm apple cider or hot chocolate)

          And no matter what variation, it's gotta be on white bread -- the more refined the flour the better -- and preferably Wonder bread.

          1. I love mine with bacon and / or sausage. Mayo is optional

            1. another vote for bacon, preferably on toasted wheat or cinnamon-raisin with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

              and of course there's the Elvis!

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I use maple cured bacon / sausage instead of the syrup; too runny with the melted PB. Finger-lickin' good.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  ah, but not if you just spread a little of the syrup on one side of the warm toast and let it soak into the bread ;)